Monday, January 02, 2017

Tuesday Watch

Today's Headlines
  • China Central Bank Adviser Calls for 6%-7% Growth Target. China should set a more flexible 2017 economic growth target to give policy makers more room to enact reform, according to Huang Yiping, an adviser to the People’s Bank of China. He proposed a range of 6 percent to 7 percent for this year, compared with the 6.5 percent to 7 percent objective in 2016, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Last year’s target, the first range in two decades, was down from 7 percent for 2015.
  • Singapore Home Prices Fall for Third Year Amid Government Curbs. Singapore home prices fell 3 percent in 2016, the third straight year of declines as the government held steadfast on property cooling measures. An index tracking private residential prices fell 0.4 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31 from the previous quarter, according to preliminary data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority released Tuesday. Prices fell for a 13th straight quarter, the longest streak since the data was first published in 1975.
  • Singapore's Economy Expands More Than Economists Estimated. (video)
  • Israeli Investigators Question Netanyahu Over Graft Suspicions.
  • Why Brexit Is Work in Progress Six Months Later: QuickTake Q&A.
  • European Stocks Advance as Data Confirms Manufacturing Strength. European stocks advanced in the first trading day of 2017, erasing earlier losses, after Italy’s better-than-expected economic data helped confirm a trend of stronger manufacturing in the euro area. The Euro Stoxx 50 index was 0.5 percent higher as of 12:50 p.m. in London, with the U.K. and Swiss markets closed for holidays. The DAX index in Germany, the region’s biggest economy, jumped 0.9 percent and headed for its best day in two weeks. The broader Stoxx Europe 600 Index was up 0.5 percent, after slipping 1.2 percent in 2016, when it underperformed the S&P 500 index.
  • Dollar Enjoys New Year as Yield Gap Most Since ’99: Markets Wrap. (video) Australia’s benchmark index touched the highest level in 1 1/2 years as the first major market to open Tuesday. The U.S. currency was little changed against the yen and the euro after it climbed against all major developed-market peers the previous session. Ten-year Treasuries yielded 1.57 percentage points more than the average for the bonds of other Group-of-Seven nations on Dec. 27, the most in 17 years. Most markets were shut Monday, though European stocks advanced amid evidence of stronger manufacturing in the euro area. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 0.9 percent as of 8:53 a.m. Tokyo time on Tuesday, advancing for the third time in four days. Australia & New Zealand Banking Corp. rose 1.6 percent after announcing it sold a 20 percent stake in Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank for A$1.84 billion ($1.32 billion).
  • Rogue One’ Takes in $64.3 Million for Disney Over Weekend.
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  • Islamic State claims Istanbul attack, gunman remains at large. (video) Islamic State claimed responsibility on Monday for a New Year's Day mass shooting in a packed Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people, an attack carried out by a lone gunman who remains at large. It described the Reina nightclub, where many foreigners as well as Turks were killed, as a gathering point for Christians celebrating their "apostate holiday". The attack, it said, was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria. "The apostate Turkish government should know that the blood of Muslims shed with airplanes and artillery fire will, with God's permission, ignite a fire in their own land," the Islamic State declaration said.
Shanghai Securities News:
  • China 2017 GDP May Grow About 6.5%, Researchers Say. China M2 will likely rise 12% this year, researchers with State Information Center led by Zhu Baoliang wrote. Exports will probably fall 3% and the CPI may increase 2%, he said. China should curb SOEs' M&A activities in overseas property, antiques and sports teams.
Night Trading
  • Asian indices are -.50% to +.50% on average.
  • Asia Ex-Japan Investment Grade CDS Index 114.25 -7.5 basis points.
  • Asia Pacific Sovereign CDS Index 36.0 -1.0 basis point.
  • Bloomberg Emerging Markets Currency Index 69.61 +.02%.
  • S&P 500 futures +.29%.
  • NASDAQ 100 futures +.45%.

Earnings of Note
  • None of note
Economic Releases
9:45 am EST
  • Final Markit US Manufacturing PMI for December is estimated at 54.2 versus a prior estimate of 54.2.
10:00 am EST
  • The ISM Manufacturing Index for December is estimated to rise to 53.7 versus 53.2 in November.
  • The ISM Prices Paid Index for December is estimated to rise to 55.5 versus 54.5 in November.
  • Construction Spending MoM for November is estimated to rise +.5% versus a +.5% gain in October.
Upcoming Splits
  • None of note
Other Potential Market Movers
  • The Eurozone Manufacturing PMI, UK Manufacturing PMI, (DAL) December Traffic Data, (ALK) December Traffic Data and the Citi Internet/Media/Telecom Conference could also impact trading today.
BOTTOM LINE: Asian indices are mostly higher, boosted by commodity and industrial shares in the region. I expect US stocks to open modestly higher and to weaken into the afternoon, finishing mixed. The Portfolio is 50% net long heading into the week.

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